Sunday, November 23, 2014

"A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2014."
Three year old naps (which are getting increasingly shorter..).
                                                                tee c/o mama case 


Friday, November 21, 2014

My sweet boy. My Lucas León. Three years ago at 9:50 am you changed me forever. You made me a mom, a mother, and I am forever grateful that God chose you for me. Me for you. You have taught me patience (just ask your father), empathy, and how to be a better person. You are always teaching me. Your laughter is contagious and you are wild, adventurous, and such a free spirit. Your papi and I are the luckiest parents on Earth and we hope you know just how much we love you. Forever and ever my love.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Superhero leggings for the win. Lot801 has done it right. I'm a huge legging fan - they're comfy, perfect for playtime, and adorable. And can we take about his Hugo Loves Tiki tee for a second? Le bébé for mi bebé. More over on Babiekins. Happy Tuesday loves! 


Monday, November 17, 2014

For those who know Lucas or follow us on Instagram, you KNOW how much Lucas loves his pacifier. Lucas weened himself off the boob at exactly a year and before then had little to no interest in any kind of soother other than mama. I mistakenly continued to try and give him the pacifier after we finished breast feeding and the love affair with his bobo quickly commenced. I look back and seriously don't know what I was thinking or why (whyyyy) nobody tried to stop me. For 2 long years Lucas has been fiercely attached to the thing. The type of addiction that causes you to break out in a sweat when your child starts screaming for his bobo and you check all your pockets, dump out your bag and realize it's nowhere to be found. Then you find yourself running into the nearest Duane Reade or bodega making yet another pacifier purchase (to add to the hundreds more you have strewn all over the house). Yes. It's really that serious. The funny thing is that he wouldn't ask for it during school hours. He would go the entire day without it (including nap time which is huge!) until he laid eyes on me at pick up. Within seconds of leaving the classroom I knew what he was going to ask for and I always came prepared with a spare bobo in my bag.

The last few weeks I found myself growing increasingly frustrated with the situation. I tried explaining to him that he was a big boy and pacifiers are for babies. Our conversations would go something like this:

Are you a big boy Lucas? 
Big boys don't need bobos. 
Then I'm a baby! 

I vented. I text friends. I complained. But in reality I was doing nothing to break the pacifier habit. The only thing I had done was stop buying new ones. He was down to his last four and I refused to spend another dollar on the enemy. We started taking baby steps and were able to get him to leave the bobo at home for our "adventures". He started telling us "the people don't like the bobo" and he'd leave it in a safe spot before we would leave the house. Next baby step was no bobo while he awake and playing. The bobo was only for sleeping. So for a few days when he would wake up in the morning or after a nap we'd ask him to give us the pacifiers (plural because he slept with three of them at a time..) and he was surprisingly pretty chill about it.

Fast forward to Wednesday when he slept over his nana's house. I get a call at about 10pm and I could hear Lucas crying in the background. My mom has called to inform me that she has refused to give Lucas his pacifier and if Ivan and I were willing to stick this through she would sacrifice her sleep for the night. Well thanks mom for putting the parentals to shame. And seriously thanks mom for being a FUCKING ALL STAR. The second night was rough. He screamed, his body was shaking, and I seriously debated sticking a pacifier in his mouth and making it all stop. It is just awful knowing your child needs something that you could easily give them. But 30 minutes of singing lullabies, rocking him, and whispering it was going to be ok (I think I was whispering this to myself at this point) he fell asleep. The next two days got progressively better. He ONLY asked for the bobo right before nap and bed time and fell asleep relatively quick.

So there ya have it. Almost one week later and we are pacifier free! HURRAH! I would say three days is the magic number here. If you can make it to the three day mark the rest of the week is cake. The hardest part for me was knowing how much Lucas wanted his pacifier when he asked and standing my ground. Ivan and both made sure we were firm but gentle and compassionate when saying no. We wanted to make sure he knew how proud we were of him! My apologies for this being so. so. long but I was terrified and I seriously thought my kid was going to head off to middle school with a pacifier in his mouth. I really hope this helps even one other mama out there with a child riddled with a paci addiction and seriously - you can do it! I truly thought I'd never see the day where Lucas would be paci free but here we are. About to be three and truly a big boy!


Sunday, November 16, 2014

"A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2014."

The last portrait of the year as a two year old. FIVE more days my love!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

After a crazy, hectic week with a toddler there is sometimes nothing better than a weekend indoors. We always try and get out for a little adventure (even if that means a walk around the block) but I think it's safe to say my boys and I love our down time. Comfy threads, snuggles, and sometimes a bit too much television. These are some of my favorite shots from last weekend (you can see more over on Babiekins). Is it Saturday yet? xx


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A few shots of my early bird. Lately our mornings have consisted of lots and lots of play-doh (and messes - don't get me started on picking this crap out of a carpet). But he LOVES it. And well, it kinda sorta makes up for the fact I want to knock down the door of the person who created this stuff and rip them a new one. Last week I found ninja turtle molds at Target and seriously it's been blowing this kids mind ever since. We sit together and while he preps the play-doh in the molds I get to work on crafting tiny blue, orange, purple, and red masks. Twice now he's stumbled out of our bedroom after just waking up from a nap shouting "turtle play-doh!". He's half delirious and looks slightly milk drunk. It's quite the sight and well, who am I to argue? Play-doh all day, every day for you babe. 
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